Today I am thrilled to share this incredible Leicestershire Wedding at Prestwold Hall where a love music was hugely important.
With a Bride who is a powerlifting champion, a Groom who has toured as a musician with Tinie Tempah, an amazing first dance and some famous musical faces this is a stunning Big Day.
Images were captured by the fabulous Joanne Withers Photography.
Joanne Withers is a Leicestershire based Wedding and Portrait Photographer.
Her love of photography did not start with a camera. It started as a teenager looking through the battered, old family suitcase and tins full of loose photographs.
This still inspires her as a photographer. Capturing and preserving those moments to look back on.
For Joanne, it is about an investment in time to preserve all those little details, for those close to you, to be able to laugh at in the future.
Be it loose prints in a suitcase, an old wedding album showing the style of the time, or beautifully presented photobooks that archive your treasured memories, it is about capturing real life.
She says of her work…
“Being invited in to be a photographer at a wedding is an honour for me and I love to get to know my couples on their pre wedding photoshoot so I can be their friend on the day.”
“I understand all the little details they have chosen and why all the emotions captured naturally make the best memories.”
“Helping to tell their story makes me smile every single time.”
“I met Martine ( the Bride) via her business Be Fitter, as I go to their fitness classes and gym.”
“Their Wedding day was full of true heartfelt emotion from all their family and friends.”
“It became apparent what a special couple they are.”
“The surprises they had organised for each other were so touching and the non stop entertainment on the day was spectacular.”
“This wedding was amazing for so many perfect reasons.”
I hand over to gorgeous Bride Martine…
Tell us a wee bit about yourselves
“I (Martine) am part owner of a gym in Leicester called ‘Be-Fitter‘ and also a competing athlete winning the following title: British & European Powerlifting Champion.”
“Okiem is a musician and play the piano and keyboards for various celebrities some of which include: Tinne Tempah, Leona Lewis, Jessie Jay and many more.”
How did you meet as a couple?
“On a music video. We were both extras on a video set and met here.”
When did you get engaged?
“We got engaged in October 2014.”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey?
“I had a very extensive to do list of things I’ve always wanted.”
“All that was required was to work through the list with Okiem (mostly over the phone or at weekends as we saved living together for when we got married).”
“I had a very clear vision of what I/we wanted so it was an enjoyable task.”
When did you get married?
“We got married on Friday the 22nd May 2015.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“ALL of it. It was perfect and I loved every single minute. Every moment was the best moment of my life.”
What advice would you give other couples getting married?
“Enjoy the planning, make it fun.”
“On your day be in the moment and savour it.”
“It’s a day you don’t need to worry about anything else other than your new husband/wife. Spend every second with them, enjoying it together.”
“Also hire a wedding decorator so all the stress on the day is taken away from you.”
“The more you plan in advance the less you have to think about on the day.”
Thank you to Joanne for sharing this beautiful Leicestershire Wedding.
Love the attention to detail in making this a wonderful celebration from the trumpeter serenading the Bride into the church to the gorgeous horse and carriage to the fabulous Book table numbers to the stunning floristry.
And what a collection of amazing musical artistes to entertain the guests and create such an incredible memory for the Bride and Groom
Venue and Catering – Prestwold Hall
Ceremony – St Andrews Church Prestwold
Photography – Joanne Withers Photography
Wedding Decorator – Eve Lily
Videographer – Midwaymedia
Make up – CKR
Hairdresser to (bride) – Hair By Simone
Horse & Carriage – The Ostler Group
Wedding Dress & Veil – Bradgate Brides
Groomsmen Suit Hire – Moss Bros
Grooms Suit – Kabiru Abu – Bespoke Suits
String Quartet – Warble Entertainment – Nero String Quartet
DJ and Lights and PA System – Piano DJ
Band – Otty Music
Fire Spinner and Stilt Walker – Ben Lowrey
Matrie’d – Lewis Murphy
Rodeo Bull & Popcorn – Anstey Castle Hire
To Contact Joanne Withers Photography
Phone: 0116 2696494 and Mobile: 07815 187583